You may have heard it is now illegal in New Albany for cyclists under 18 to ride their bikes without helmets.
This law is about saving lives by creating better habits. Cycling is the leading cause of sports-related head injuries; 75% of all fatal cycling accidents involve a head injury; and helmets can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85%.
Our bike patrol officers have begun discussing the law with underage riders. The first time an officer stops an underage rider without a helmet, the rider will receive a warning and the officer collects personal information. The second time, personal information is collected again and a letter will be sent to the child’s parents explaining the law. If there is a third occurrence, the child’s parents may receive a fine.
Please make sure your children are wearing helmets when they ride their bikes. Their lives may depend on it.